THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   ALANSON ALEXANDER is a representative of one of the early settled families of the town of Lenox, Madison County, N.Y. He was born in Londonderry, Rockingham County, N.H., January 14, 1817. H is father, Jonathan Alexander, was born in the same town, July 24, 1776; and his grandfather, James Alexander, was born on the ocean during the voyage of his parents when emigrating to America, in 1728. His ancestors were originally from Scotland, but took refuge in Ireland in the time of the Revolution. James Alexander married Miss Jennie McCurdy. They reared a family of eight children, spending their lives on their farm in the town of Londonderry.
   Jonathan Alexander spent his early manhood in his native town, residing there until 1817, and then with his wife and five children came to New York State, making the entire journey with two yoke of oxen and a covered wagon, in which were loaded all their worldly possessions. Attracted by the beauty and fertility of Central New York, he bought a tract of timbered land in the town of Lenox, on which a comfortable log house was already built. Moving into this house, the family resided there until 1835, when, being blessed with prosperity. Mr. Alexander was able to build a substantial frame house, where the family lived until after the death of the mother. The father then made his home with his son Joseph, in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, remaining there until his death, October 6, 1853. The name of his wife was Sarah Davidson. She was born in Londonderry, N.H., and became the mother of fourteen children, eight reaching maturity.
   At the time the Alexander family settled in Madison County the Indians still held their titles to the land, and inhabited all this section. They were peaceful and friendly; but the white man felt none the less insecure, and lived under constant apprehension. There were no railroads, no canals, no means of travel but by horseback or team; and, as the nearest market towns were Vernon Village, Oneida County, and Peterboro, Madison County, each several miles away, the journeys to and fro were made with some difficulty. The subject of this sketch was but an infant when his parents brought him to Madison County. Here he grew to manhood, remaining with his parents until reaching the age of twenty-one, when he commenced life for himself. He worked out at first by the month, and was industrious and prudent, saving his earnings until able to buy the old Lenox homestead, where he farmed until 1867. The next sixteen years he spent in Oneida, at the end of that period returning to the farm, where he remained four years. He has now definitely taken up his residence in Oneida, and lives in quiet retirement.
   He married Miss Harriet M. Adams, November 13, 1844. She was born in Grafton, Mass., daughter of Nathaniel and Polly (Merriam) Adams. She died January 28, 1880. A son and a daughter were born to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander: Nathaniel Q., who died, aged eleven years; and Ida M., now wife of William Webb. Mr. and Mrs. Webb have four children,--Hattie Belle, Lulu Emma, Nellie A., and Ruth A. Mr. and Mrs. Alanson Alexander have been members of the Methodist Episcopal church all their married life. Politically, Mr. Alexander is a Republican. No subject is more worthy of his place in these brief memoirs than this gentleman, whose integrity and noble character have won for him the esteem and confidence of his fellow-citizens.

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